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When umpire Bowden wore 'dancing shoes'

Press Trust Of India
Oct 23, 2011 at 05:11pm IST

Mumbai: Known for his unusual style of signalling dismissals and boundaries, Kiwi umpire Billy Bowden on Sunday unleashed a strange sort of signal for a four which would have surprised even his close followers.

The incident occurred after the fourth delivery of the 15th over of the England innings in the fourth ODI in Mumbai on Sunday, when India pacer Varun Aaron's full delivery was neatly flicked by Kevin Pietersen towards the mid-wicket fence.

Bowden got into a semi-sweep shot position and moved his hands four times each to signal the four in four different directions in the same position. He also managed to drop his walkie-talkie, much to the amusement of the half-packed crowd at the 36,000 capacity Wankhede Stadium.

When umpire Bowden wore 'dancing shoes'

Billy Bowden is known for his unusual style of signalling dismissals and boundaries.

Adding to the fun, the broadcasters Neo Sports showed the replay of his action with an advertisement for 'Dancing Shoes'.

Perhaps, Bowden had got a hint about New Zealand's victory over France in the Rugby World Cup final earlier in the day.

The All Blacks defeated the Les Bleus 8-7 in Auckland to win the world crown for the second time after 24 years.

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